TOLEDO, Ohio - Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and lawmakers imploring them to do whatever it takes financially to get the city through the 2014 algae season without any more water problems.
On Monday, Mayor Collins called on federal and state officials to "take swift action to preserve our health and quality of life," according to an excerpt of the letter provided to The Blade.
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Collins said he did not specify an amount of money needed nor advocate for specific legislation.
Earlier this month, residents in and around Toledo were advised against drinking tap water because it was contaminated by algae-induced toxins from Lake Erie.
Collins has defended the city's response to the crisis. "This was, unfortunately, a learning experience," Collins said of the days-long water crisis. He stressed that because algal blooms in western basin of Lake Erie will continue, residents should continue conservation efforts during the algal season, which typically continues into September.
"Residents of the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan area, please let's get through this," Collins said after the crisis. "I beg for your support, and please let's get through this season as we look forward to the future where we will no longer have to look at ways in which we have to conserve water in these pretty invasive ways in terms of our lifestyles."
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)